Resources are available to Californians impacted by the series of winter storms that brought high levels of rain and snow across the state. The State of California is working closely with the federal government to coordinate assistance for individuals and businesses affected by the storms. Following a request from Governor Newsom, President Biden has declared a Major Disaster for Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz counties. Other counties may be added. A Major Disaster Declaration activates a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure.
For information about the types of state and federal assistance that are available and how to get help, visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website.
Individuals in Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties who sustained losses in designated Major Disaster areas can apply for disaster assistance from FEMA:
Southern California Edison
San Diego Gas & Electric
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has published a PSPS Resource Guide to help Californians impacted by power shutoffs. If you are in a power shutoff area, remember to check on your family, friends, neighbors, and especially the most vulnerable such as older adults, those with disabilities, and children.
CHHS Public Safety Power Shutoff Resource Guide
Californians should be aware of fraudulent activity by individuals seeking to take advantage of heightened economic insecurity. Individuals claiming to represent the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or posing as representatives from utility companies are contacting people by telephone, email, social media, and text message to defraud people out of their money and personal information. The fraudulent activity involves offering CSBG funding or services in exchange for a fee, or by convincing constituents that their utilities will be shut off if they don't pay. Neither the State of California nor the federal government provides direct grants to individuals and will not initiate contact by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that offers a variety of home energy assistance for those in need. LIHEAP helps individuals and families meet their energy needs through utility bill assistance and energy efficiency upgrades.
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funding to local non-profit and public agencies to help alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in their communities. Based on locally determined needs, CSBG agencies promote economic security through services that address homelessness, hunger, unemployment, health and nutrition, emergencies, and more.
The Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) provides low-income households with rooftop solar photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to residents. The program reduces greenhouse gas emissions and household energy costs by saving energy and generating clean renewable power.
LIHEAP helps a retiree afford to heat her home.
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The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County mobilized its community to build a new homeless services center.
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LIWP's Multi-Family Energy Efficiency and Renewables program helps families afford other necessities by reducing their high energy costs.
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